Does it matter if I book alone?
Definitely not. We get lots of individual bookings and the rides make a wonderful holiday for single travellers. You will be joining a small group of like-minded people and will be well occupied each day (without feeling you are being herded around) yet you still have the freedom of your own personal space when riding. Most people end up getting on very well together as everyone has an interest in common, even if they wouldn't necessarily meet at home on a day to day level, and it is amazing how you bond after an exhilarating canter!
Prices quoted are based on twin accommodation and if you book alone a supplement may be payable for a single room, although this is not always the case. Supplements are applied in different ways on different rides. Please contact us for more details.
I used to ride a lot but have not ridden regularly for several years. Do you think I will cope?
All our rides are geared towards people who have some riding experience (we do not arrange rides for complete beginners) and most are suitable for those of an intermediate level and above - although this, and the riding fitness required, does vary from ride to ride. Hopefully the individual descriptions on this website will help you decide whether a ride is a suitable choice for you and we also have more detailed Information Sheets on each ride which will tell you more (contact us for these). Please also contact us to chat about any rides that interest you as suitability does vary from person to person. Once you have decided to book, we would always suggest you do as much riding as you can in the months before you go, so you are confident and relaxed on the first day and fit enough to enjoy the trip rather than worrying about being stiff or letting everybody down! General flexibility and fitness helps as well so if you can't ride as often as you'd like but are generally fit, that will really help.
I hunt every week and am an experienced rider….. I like the idea of a riding holiday but I do not want to ride nose to tail on a 'ploddy' horse.
Our ride selection process is strict and the quality of the horses and riding is probably the most important ingredient we look for (if you are riding for a week or more, enjoyment of your horse is very important). Our list of clients includes top event riders, jockeys and trainers so don't worry - our rides use well-schooled, forward going horses that are fun and enjoyable for even the most experienced rider. The guides we work with are also very experienced in matching horse and rider. At least one of us here has been on each of the rides we offer so we have a very good idea of the type of rider they will suit and hopefully the details on this website and in our Information Sheets will answer any questions you have. Please also call us to chat - we will do our best to fully explain the type of riding involved and can put you in touch with clients who have already been if you wish.
Is insurance included and what about visas, health and inoculations?
Insurance is not automatically included and you will need to arrange your own medical insurance for your holiday. We also strongly recommend cancellation insurance (taken out at the time of booking to ensure you have cover from that moment on) in case you have to cancel your trip - under our booking conditions some or all of your payment will be forfeit on cancellation. In the past we have been able to help customers organise travel insurance but new financial service regulations due to come into force in the UK on 1st January 2009, and problems we may encounter administering insurance after that date, mean we are no longer able to do this. However there are several all-round travel policies and adventure travel policies on the market you can choose from. You might also like to speak to an insurance specialist regulated under the Financial Services Act who can advise you on a suitable policy. As with any insurance, it is essential to select your policy with care and to check the detailed terms and conditions and policy wording, to ensure it will meet your needs. For example the policy may require the use of protective clothing, which, when riding, may mean a hard hat - different insurance companies take different views and you should check the policy wording carefully. It is also vital that you disclose any pre-existing medical conditions or check ups you are undergoing to your insurer before taking out cover and that you note any restrictions in cover relating to these.
We will send you general visa information when your booking is confirmed and you can also look at the Consular website for the country you are visiting or telephone their Embassy / consul in London for advice. We will also send you general health information for the country you are visiting when you book and you can get advice from MASTA, the Medical Advisory Service for Travellers Abroad, by calling 09068 224100 (a premium no. charged at 50p per minute) or looking at their website www.masta.org .
Are you bonded?
Ride World Wide Limited is fully licensed and bonded so you can book with confidence. Many holidays sold by us that include flights are ATOL Protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL 6213. But ATOL protection does not apply to all holidays we sell. If you do not receive an ATOL Certificate then the booking will not be ATOL protected. Ride World Wide Limited is also a member of The Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT) and has provided a bond to meet the requirements of the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992. Protection under the bonding scheme administered by ABTOT may apply. In the event of Ride World Wide Limited's insolvency, protection through ABTOT is provided for the following:
i) non-flight packages commencing in and returning to the UK; ii) non-flight packages commencing and returning to a country other than the UK; iii) flight inclusive packages that commence outside the UK which are sold to customers outside the UK; and iv) accommodation only bookings. i) , ii), iii) and iv) provide for a refund in the event you have not yet travelled. i) and iii) provide for re-patriation.
Please note that bookings made outside the UK are only protected when purchased directly with Ride World Wide Limited. Please see further details in our booking conditions and ask us to confirm what protection applies to your booking.
As well as this we are members of AITO, The Association of Independent Tour Operators, an association of mainly specialist tour operators that share a common dedication to high standards of quality and personal service. The AITO charter can be viewed in full at www.aito.co.uk .
Some further information
Each ride summary on this website includes an indication of the type of accommodation used. This might be in hotels, guest or farm houses, private haciendas or camping and our Information Sheets will tell you more about this and the facilities on each trip.
Camps - We’ve assessed standards using categories ranging from 1Δ (lowest) to 5Δ+ (highest) taking all things into account. There will always be variables (and if different camps are used on different nights facilities may vary), but the following is a rule of thumb:
1 - sleeping in the open, help required around camp, streams for washing, open air loo.
2 - small 2 man tents, mats to sleep on, streams for washing, help around camp required, guide prepares food, wine usually available.
3 - small 2 man tents, mattresses, limited washing (showers / hot water some nights), open air loo, some staff, generally good back up, food and wine.
4 - bigger tents, mattresses, hot showers, good staff levels, back up, food, full bar.
5 - large safari tents with beds, private loo (long drop or flush), hot showers daily, plenty of staff, excellent back up and food, full bar.
5+ - semi-permanent camp with walk-in furnished tents, extras such as decking, flush loo, running water, perhaps a pool.
Please contact us for further details:
Single travellers and single rooms
As the rides we offer are run for small groups of like minded people, they make a wonderful holiday for those travelling alone, as well as for couples and groups. Prices quoted are based on twin accommodation and if you book alone, a supplement is usually payable for a single room, although single supplements are not always compulsory. They are applied in different ways on different rides. On many safaris, camping or farm based rides, where the ride operator owns the accommodation used, single travellers will not be charged a supplement as long as they are willing to share a twin tent or room with another (same sex) guest if numbers on the ride, or in the camp or lodge, require. Single travellers will not always have to share, although they will be asked to if the numbers, or mix of guests, require. On other rides that use hotels or guesthouses, ride prices are calculated assuming twin room occupancy and a supplement will be charged by the hotel, and is always payable by those booking alone, unless there is definitely someone to share with. On these rides, if you ask us, we will try to find you a sharer, but we cannot guarantee to do so. If we do not, the supplement will be charged. On a few rides (if the hotel used has a limited number of rooms or only offers simple dormitory accommodation) single rooms are not available even for a supplement. Please contact us if you have any questions about single supplements.
Maximum weight limits (in riding clothes) are given in the relevant ride summary. These are important so please take careful note of them. In certain cases we can make special arrangements for riders who are over the specified weight limits but, as changes to horses and itineraries might be necessary, this can only be done if we have prior notice before you book. If you are interested in any ride and are close to the weight limit, please contact us to check.
Most rides we offer are open for you to join as an individual, couple or group of friends. We can also arrange private rides exclusively for your own group, either with a standard itinerary or if you prefer, with an itinerary tailored as far as possible to suit the group. Please contact us if you are interested.
The summary of each ride includes a guide to the riding ability we think is required for that trip. Most rides we offer are geared towards riders of at least an ‘intermediate’ standard - but the ability level required can vary with the pace of the ride, the hours ridden each day and the horses used. In some cases, a ride may be suitable for more experienced riders because the horses are quite spirited. Equally, where there is a wider selection of horses, the ride may suit both experienced and less experienced riders. Our Information Sheets will tell you more about the horses and riding on each trip, but we also encourage you to contact us to discuss the rides and your riding ability before booking. As a guide, in assessing ability we assume that:
A ‘novice’ rider has some riding experience and would normally be expected to have had some formal riding lessons / tuition as well as some experience hacking out in open country. He or she will be able to mount and dismount without help, will be able to apply the basic aids and will feel comfortable, reasonably well balanced and in control on a well behaved ‘schoolmaster-type’ horse at a walk, for shortish periods of rising trot and at short periods of canter.
An ‘intermediate’ rider is a rider who is secure, well balanced and in control on a well schooled horse at all paces from a walk to fast canter in open country (need not want to jump) and over varied terrain. He or she will also be confident of riding for several hours at a time.
An ‘experienced rider’ is all of the above and rides regularly. He or she is relaxed and adaptable on different horses in different environments, has an independent seat and soft hands and is capable of handling a spirited horse in open country.
For more information and for further details of any of our rides, please contact Ride World Wide.
Tel: +44 (0)1837 82544 / 825440 email: firstname.lastname@example.org